41mm inverted forks control the front end and are adjustable for preload only. On the rear is a Kayaba shock, again only preload adjustment with a seven-way adjuster. Despite the basic suspension and set up it works 90% of the time straight out of the box. It’s easy to ride, predictable and stable. When pushed very hard, its inability to dive into apexes was a slight concern and it also stood up mid-corner if you applied the brakes mid-lean.
The 749cc in-line four-cylinder engine started life in Suzuki’s 2005 GSX-R750. The motor received a significant makeover to improve low-rpm to midrange performance and torque – at the cost of top end power. Suzuki adjusted the cam profiles, tailored the valves, inlet and exhaust ports and gave the cylinder head iridium spark plugs for improved ignition. The end result is a quoted 105bhp with 59ftlb of torque. It's enough to make the GSR a fun and engaging bike, but next to the competition it's lacking slightly.
Reliability isn't an issue from the GSX-R750 derived engine. Suzuki have obviously tried to keep costs low, but there are no glaring areas of shoddy budget manufacturing or componentry.
You can get a well looked after GSR750 for under £5000 now, which is good value if you want a no frills middleweight naked bike, and aren't bothered about having the sportiest one in the class.
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As you expect from a ‘budget’ middleweight it’s sparsely decked out. However, inverted forks are a nice touch and Suzuki haven't skimped in terms of styling – the funky design is very European and eye catching. Clocks come with a clear gear position indicator, digital fuel gauge, clock, trip and fuel consumption meter. There are some nice touches too; there are two small loops that are part of the pillion seat which can be used to hold on luggage. As it's a bidget bike there are no rider modes, traction control or fancy electronics.